The Quiet American (1958)

The Quiet American (1958)

The Quiet American





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The Quiet American was the first major American-financed film to touch upon the powder-keg situation in Vietnam (still referred to as Indochina in 1958). Audie Murphy plays an enigmatic American who comes to Saigon, ostensibly on an economic mission. He meets an embittered journalist (Michael Redgrave) who is living with an Indochinese girl (Giorgia Moll). The American falls for the girl and promises to marry her. In retaliation, the reporter tells the communists that the American GI's economist … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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On DVD: Apr 19, 2005
United Artists

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Critic Reviews for The Quiet American

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | November 19, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Mankiewicz (who also wrote the adapted screenplay) does a fine job balancing romance, intrigue and war.

Full Review… | July 22, 2011
Reeling Reviews

One of Mankiewicz's weaker films, a verbose, disappointingly sanitized version of Graham Greene's cynical novel about American involvement in Indo-China, with mediocre turns by Murphy and Redgrave.

Full Review… | March 26, 2008

The Quiet American is loosely adapted from Graham Greene's penetrating 1956 book about the Indo-China War.

Full Review… | April 21, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Quiet American

Adequate version of Greene's story no more. Redgrave is good though.

jay nixon

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An American steals a cynical British reporter's Vietnamese girlfriend against the backdrop of international intrigue during the French occupation of Vietnam.
Once again, Joseph L. Mankiewicz knows how to tell a good story. The characters are all finely drawn, and though the typical Mankiewicz strategies of flashbacks and voice-overs get tired and over-used, the typical Mankiewicz theme of attempting to maintain one's integrity never gets old. In this iteration of Mankiewicz's oeuvre, a British reporter cares about nothing but his own interests and his own happiness, but the rhetoric of selflessness challenges his worldview. The dramatic question of whether or not he would rise to higher concerns than his own interests is quite compelling.
The remake with Michael Caine is better than the original because it's truer to Graham Greene's novel, but this is certainly a noble effort.
Overall, this is a compelling story and a strong film with great performances.

Jim Hunter

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Mankiewicz (who also wrote the adapted screenplay) does a fine job balancing romance, intrigue and war.

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